I am not a huge fan of the Beatles or the song, but that is a topic for another post. It's not that I *dislike* either one. I do have a healthy appreciation for the Beatles. I just don't seek the music out. To each their own.
To exacerbate my challenge with the song, my current version of the melody goes a little like this...
wait, hold on
My chord version is even more fun as it follows the voice in my head instead of the more colorful verbal expletives....
index on 2 fret 1, middle on 4 fret 2, ring on 5 fret 3
middle finger to the 6th string fret 3...where's my index finger, cool got it, man this is uncomfortable
Sweet this one is easy...ahhh so pretty...
Damn this one sucks, remember to only play 3 strings
Yep nailed 5 of 6 strings again. Argggh.
As I struggled through the chords, he paused and informed me it was time to work on form. In other words, how I was holding the guitar. Lesson 1 - Stop practicing on the couch.
Excuse me. What?!
He repeated - Yes, start practicing on a chair.
I calmly informed him that I don't have any.
He didn't believe me.
I came clean - Sure, yes, I have them. But my chairs are for holding my clothes.
Clearly he has dealt with my kind before. He simply said, "I am sure, just like myself, your bed can also hold your clothes."
Notice neither one of us suggested a closet. Or a dresser. That seems a little too obvious.
Then he said I need to bring the neck of the guitar higher, closer to shoulder height. I objected..."Wait, didn't Johnny Cash hold his neck straight out like this?" (insert my very best Man in Black impression, with corresponding tough face)
He laughed and said, "Um yes, but he was JOHNNY CASH."
Point taken. IronMin is not on the same trajectory in either singing, songwriting, or guitar playing fame. Got it. My best option to follow in his legendary foot steps is to get wasted and get my tractor stuck in the mud.
Doesn't seem likely.
In the past few weeks my work life has been so stressful and my downtime so limited, that holding the guitar and even struggling through the chords has been the light in my day. I can truly say - I love this time, focusing on something that is just for pure enjoyment, and relaxing into it. It has allowed me to re-center and stay in the present moment. Running has always done that for me but lately the running has become labored and tough for reasons outside of my comprehension. It's just a phase - another moment in the ebb and flow of life. But I am thankful I have found another outlet to ease the transition...it's a new version of uncomplicated happiness.
|Isn't she pretty with her new strap?|